Wednesday, July 15, 2009

eBird Online Presentations


We're about to test out the ability to give online eBird presentations through a tool called Yugma. It will allow individuals to see our desktop and interact with us via an online forum, and essentially get all the benefits of a hands-on eBird presentation with the travel, expense, and environmental costs of jetting all over the continent. Let us know what you think of this idea, and if you want to attend the first presentation. Email me to confirm at

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We love to give eBird presentations in person, but the next best thing might be doing it via an online tool that allows a group of people to attend an eBird talk. We can accomplish this in two ways: the first is to schedule a specific eBird presentation for a local group, which you can arrange by contacting us at ( The second is to have bi-monthly eBird online eBird presentations that are open to anyone wishing to learn more about eBird. These will generally be an hour long, and occur in the evening. They will require an internet connection so that users can be connected to each other, and be able to see our presentations on their desktops. We are currently trying to guage interest in this kind of bi-monthly event, so we're in a testing phase. The first presentation will be a general eBird overview given at 7 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 22nd. Attendance is limited to 20 people/talk, so please send us an email to register ( and receive instructions. These are free!


  1. This is a great idea. I've been on the giving end of both styles of virtual presentations, the open session bimonthly type and the scheduled targeted type. I preferred the targeted ones because the attendees weren't as anonymous and I was much more able to connect with them during the presentation.

    Both are good options, but I think you should stay open to doing the targeted type unless the demand becomes unmanageable. Why? Because the Lab has so much prestige that your participating in my local birding group's monthly meeting could be a real draw. The local group could leverage your participation for membership growth, and you could leverage a targeted audience.

  2. Great, let's schedule one for your local group! Contact me at